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Has China Made Its First Big Military Sale In Central Asia?

HQ-9 air defense systems on parade in Beijing. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

China has reportedly provided both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with sophisticated air defense systems, which would represent the largest Chinese military equipment deal thus far in Central Asia.

Reportedly, China has provided one battalion each to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan of the HQ-9 air defense system, as partial payment for natural gas that it imports from Central Asia. (Each battalion consists of eight launchers.)

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Has China Made Its First Big Military Sale In Central Asia?

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